American Sign Language

By Jayson Green, Staff Writer

American Sign Language, or ASL, is the natural language of the Deaf. It was established in 1817 by Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. This language is still used today and in fact is the third most widely used language in America. ASL has drawn a lot of interest recently and many states have accepted it as a foreign language allowing high schoolers to take it for their required world language credit.

Since ASL has been recognized in high schools, many clubs have formed including ASL Club and ASL Honor Society (ASLHS). George Ranch High School currently facilitates an ASL Club with hopes of an ASLHS in the near future. At this time ASL Club allows students the opportunity to socialize in ASL and meet deaf people and have an authentic ASL interaction. ASL Club also hosts Silent Dinners monthly to encourage students to use their ASL, even those who have no prior sign language experience. ASL Club is run by Mrs. Lumpkin and Mrs. Bailes and meets every Wednesday at 3:45pm in Mrs. Lumpkinā€™s room (Room 1427). We hope to see you there!